Types of elections.

General Election

A national vote held every five years that decides who your MP will be and which party/parties will form a Government.


The election of an MP in a single constituency to fill a vacancy that arises before the next general election.

Local Election

Elections that take place to choose representatives for local councils.


A vote on a single political issue. e.g. The EU Referendum which was e a vote about staying in or coming out of the European Union.

European Elections

A vote to decide who will represent your region on the European Parliament.

Scottish Parliament Elections

Scottish Parliament elections occur every four years to elect the Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).

Welsh Assembly Elections

Elections for the Welsh Assembly happen every four years They elect the Members of the National Assembly for Wales (AMs).

Northern Ireland Assembly Elections

Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly are elected every four years.

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

This election will appoint an official whose role it is to ensure efficient and effective policing of a police area. (England and Wales only)

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Hello! I founded Voting Counts back in 2014, when I was a sixth form student. I'm now studying Politics and History at University and run Voting Counts in my spare time.

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